Narrative of Thorney Abbey

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      GB 12 MS.Add.8126
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      1 volume

Scope and Content

'A narrative of Thorney Abbey from its first foundation as a religious house to the present time, including some remarks on the monasteries situated in its immediate neighbourhood and also on the adjacent county, with historical notes and references', 274 pages. There are a number of inserted maps and diagrams, including a map of the Thorney lordship at the beginning of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thorney Abbey in Cambridgeshire was the seat of Saxon hermits for three centuries until it was refounded for Benedictine monks by thelwold, Bishop of Winchester, in 972. The church became known as St Mary and St Botolph's after thelwold brought the body of St Botolph to the abbey. A new church was completed on the site in 1108, and the abbey grew in wealth until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1550 the buildings and most of the property were granted to John Russell, Earl of Bedford, whose family still owns them today.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Stanley Crowe Ltd, London, 4 July 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds a shorter version of the narrative, MS.Add.7465, written in the same hand as this manuscript.